117 US 415 Marshall v. Hubbard

6 S.Ct. 806

117 U.S. 415

29 L.Ed. 919


Filed March 22, 1886.

[Statement of Case from pages 416-418 intentionally omitted]

T. R. Hudd, for plaintiff in error.

J. D. Markham, for defendant in error.


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We concur with the circuit court in holding that the alleged false representations of Hubbard to Marshall in reference to the quantity of pine upon the land in question could not have resulted in any injury to the latter, of which he could complain as against the former, unless, at the time the representations were made, it was understood, with Hubbard's knowledge, that Gillen and Monroe were to surrender their purchase, and that Marshall was to take their place with reference to the land and pine. Under such an arrangement, Gillen and Monroe would be released from their obligations to Hubbard, while Marshall would occupy the position of a purchaser of the land and the pine, the title remaining in the plaintiff. The evidence, however, fails to connect Hubbard with any such understanding or arrangement. The evidence shows nothing more, as between the parties to this suit, than a purchase by Marshall of certain property rights which Hubbard held, including Gillen and Monroe's obligation to him in reference to the land in question. Marshall was aware of the extent of that obligation, and took from Hubbard the writing of May 23, 1874, which recites that Hubbard had sold and assigned to him 'all his right, title, and interest in and to a certain contract executed and entered into by and between the said Stephen Hubbard, Nicholas Gillen, and Hugh Monroe, which said contract is dated twenty-third of May, 1873,' Hubbard reserving the right to enforce the covenants contained in that contract in his own interest and behalf in case of default in the payment of either of the notes executed by Marshall to him. So clearly, in our judgment, does the evidence show that this was the only contract between the parties to this suit that a verdict based upon any other view ought to have been set aside. Giving the defendant the benefit of every inference that could have been fairly drawn from the evidence, written and oral, it was insufficient to authorize a verdict in his favor. Such being the case, a peremptory instruction for the plaintiff was proper. Pleasants v. Fant, 22 Wall. 116; Montclair v. Dana, 107 U. S. 162; S. C. 2 Sup. Ct. Rep. 403; Randall v. Railroad Co., 109 U. S. 483; S. C. 3 Sup. Ct. Rep. 322; Anderson Co. Com'rs v. Beal, 113 U. S. 241; S. C. 5 Sup. Ct. Rep. 433; Baylis v. Travellers' Ins. Co., 113 U. S. 320; S. C. 5 Sup. Ct. Rep. 494.


The judgment is affirmed.